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Edited by Daniëlle Slootjes and Harm Kaal

New Perspectives on Power and Political Representation from Ancient History to the Present Day offers a unique perspective on political communication between rulers and ruled from antiquity to the present day by putting the concept of representation center stage. It explores the dynamic relationship between elites and the people as it was shaped by constructions of self-representation and representative claims. The contributors to this volume – specialists in ancient, medieval, early-modern and modern history – move away from reductionist associations of political representation with formal aspects of modern, democratic, electoral, and parliamentarian politics. Instead, they contend that the construction of political representation involves a set of discourses, practices, and mechanisms that, although they have been applied and appropriated in various ways in a range of historical contexts, has stood the test of time.

Editor-in-Chief Harm Kaal and Jelle van Lottum

The Journal of Applied History (JOAH) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed scholarly journal concerned with the application of historical knowledge and insights to current matters. As such it seeks to promote long-term thinking when considering the causes and implications of present affairs and issues.

The use of the concept of ‘applied history’ enables us to move away from the rather broad and diverse field of 'public history'. JOAH promotes interventions in contemporary policy making as well as in contemporary discussions about key social issues that are based on thorough historical research. We therefore do not aim at a broad and often ill-defined audience beyond academia, but on a rather well-defined public of professional (academic) historians, policy makers, civil servants and other professionals in think tanks, government agencies and (semi-)public authorities.

JOAH encourages contributions from specialists in all branches of the humanities and social sciences who adopt a historical approach: from historians and anthropologists, to political scientists and sociologists, and from experts in the history of antiquity to those working on the very recent past, thus bringing together long-term perspectives and various approaches and methodologies. The journal seeks to inform scholars and policy makers interested in connecting past and present through publishing relatively short articles of approximately 4,000 words.